The Royal Mail’s proposal to close the Kidsgrove Delivery Office has shocked people living in Kidsgrove and South Cheshire. Joan Walley, the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, opposes the closure and has launched a petition against it. The Sentinel (6th October, 2011) reports her as saying: “This is a major issue for Kidsgrove.
“Quite apart from anything else, there has been no consultation with local businesses or householders.
“My fear is if the work is transferred to Knutton, the workforce will have further to travel to start their deliveries and it won’t be done on time.
“Royal Mail needs to understand that if it takes this investment away from the town, it is undermining Kidsgrove as a local commercial and residential centre.
“There has already been a deterioration of performance of postal deliveries across the ST7 area.
“We should be looking to improve services for residents and businesses, not cut them back.
“We have already seen the removal of the sorting office at Stoke to Wolverhampton and services at Crewe to Warrington.
“This region is becoming a hole when it comes to Royal Mail, rather than an investment hub, and it’s just not on.”
To sign Joan’s petition visit www.joanwalleymp.org.uk